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September 22, 2021

/ 6:45 p.m. CT (2345 GMT)


The real space behind Space 220:

The concepts behind Disney's new Space 220 restaurant were developed by imagineers rather than NASA engineers, but that does not mean it is all fantasy. Guests dining aboard the Centauri space station in Earth orbit should be on the lookout for several subtle (and not-so-subtle) nods to NASA's history and the International Space Station.


September 20, 2021

/ 1:45 p.m. CT (1845 GMT)




Space food:

Just a brief space elevator ride away, Space 220 opened Monday (Sep. 20) at Walt Disney World's Epcot Center offering a truly unique (g)astronomical experience. Located in the Mission: SPACE pavilion, the restaurant, set aboard the space station Centauri, features a space-inspired menu and virtual view of Earth from orbit.


September 17, 2021

/ 1:00 a.m. CT (0600 GMT)


Shenzhou 12 lands:

China's first crewed mission to its new space station came to an end Friday (Sep. 17) with the landing of the Shenzhou 12 spacecraft in the Gobi Desert. Nie Haisheng, Liu Boming and Tang Hongbo spent 90 days on board the Tianhe core module, setting a new record for time in space by Chinese astronauts while outfitting the new outpost and conducting two spacewalks.


September 15, 2021

/ 7:25 p.m. CT (0025 GMT Sep 16)


Inspiration4 launches:

The world's first all-amateur space crew is now in orbit, having lifted off on the Inspiration4 mission aboard a SpaceX Crew Dragon. Commander Jared Isaacman, pilot Sian Proctor, medical officer Hayley Arceneaux and mission specialist Chris Sembroski will spend three days collecting medical data, viewing Earth and fundraising for St. Jude Children's Research Hospital.


September 12, 2021

/ 2:15 p.m. CT (1915 GMT)


All-international EVA:

Akihiko Hoshide and Thomas Pesquet made history on Sunday (Sep. 12) as the first international crewmates to perform a spacewalk without an American or Russian at their side. The Japanese and French astronauts assembled and installed the mount for a new solar array outside of the International Space Station. The EVA was also the first to be filmed using a custom 3D, 360-degree VR camera for the ISS Experience production.


September 10, 2021

/ 10:00 a.m. CT (1500 GMT)


The camera that captured 9/11 from orbit:

Twenty years after it was used to capture the aftermath of the 9/11 terrorist attacks on the United States, astronaut Frank Culbertson's camera has been put on display. As the only American to be off the planet at the time, Culbertson was in a unique position to photograph the scene from aboard the International Space Station. The camera is on exhibit at the Cosmosphere in Kansas through the end of the month.


September 2, 2021

/ 7:25 p.m. CT (0025 GMT Sep 3)


From observer to administrator:

NASA's 14th administrator returned to his roots this week, visiting the Johnson Space Center for the first time since he was sworn into office. Bill Nelson previously reported to the center as a congressional observer training for his 1986 flight on the space shuttle. Despite the memories, Nelson's focus on this trip was the role Johnson is playing in NASA's future.


August 26, 2021

/ 12:35 p.m. CT (1735 GMT)


Fly your own New Shepard:

Now you can launch your own Blue Origin New Shepard rocket from your backyard. The commercial spaceflight company has partnered with the model rocket company Estes Industries to offer a ready-to-fly 1:66 model of the suborbital booster and crew capsule. Each model rocket comes with a Club for the Future postcard that Blue Origin will fly on a New Shepard flight to space and then return to its sender as a keepsake.


August 24, 2021

/ 2:00 p.m. CT (1900 GMT)


Tianwen-1 tokens:

The People's Bank of China is set to release three commemorative coins in celebration of the nation's first Mars mission. The Tianwen-1 gold and silver coins each depict a different aspect of the mission, including entering orbit, landing and exploring the surface. The coins' release on Monday (Aug. 30) coincides with the successful completion of the Zhurong rover's primary 30-Martian-day mission and the start of extended operations.


September 21, 2021

/ 11:00 a.m. CT (1600 GMT)


Rollerball rollout:

Retro 51 has launched sales of its new Space Shuttle Enterprise Tornado, a limited edition rollerball pen that reproduces the look of the winged orbiter. Produced in partnership with the Astronaut Scholarship Foundation, the $60 pen can be purchased through Retro 51's retailers or with a print autographed by Enterprise commander Fred Haise through the foundation.


September 18, 2021

/ 6:25 p.m. CT (2325 GMT)


Inspiration4 lands:

Three days after leaving Earth to orbit higher than the Hubble Space Telescope, the Inspiration4 crew returned to the planet, splashing down aboard SpaceX's Crew Dragon "Resilience" on Saturday (Sep. 18). Jared Issacman, Sian Proctor, Hayley Arceneaux and Chris Sembroski spent the privately-funded mission raising funds for St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, collecting medical data, calling celebrities, and looking down at Earth.


September 17, 2021

/ 10:20 p.m. CT (0320 GMT Sep 18)


'The Wonderful':

Director Clare Lewins has nothing but respect for the engineering that went into assembling the International Space Station, but that is not the "wonderful" she found when making "The Wonderful: Stories From the Space Station," now available on digital platforms worldwide. Lewins focused her attention to the people who have lived on the orbiting outpost and in turn, found what connects the astronauts and cosmonauts to all of humanity.


September 15, 2021

/ 11:30 p.m. CT (0430 GMT Sep 16)


Space puppy:

Within three hours of it being revealed by the Inspiration4 crew, replicas of the mission's zero-g indicator, a plush space puppy, had sold out from St. Jude Children's Research Hospital's online gift shop. Named "Jude," the Gund doll was modeled after the hospital's two facility golden retrievers. Sales of the toy, which is clad in a white spacesuit, benefit St. Jude's cancer studies and care.


September 14, 2021

/ 2:15 p.m. CT (1915 GMT)




From Etsy to Earth orbit:

The four people set to fly on the privately-funded, all-amateur Inspiration4 mission have packed a stash of personal items and memorabilia to serve as mementos of their flight and a fundraiser for St. Jude Children's Research Hospital. From a miniature of their SpaceX spacecraft to a moonwalker's autograph, the items are as varied in their choice as the crew themselves.


September 8, 2021

/ 12:30 a.m. CT (0530 GMT)


Images of Apollo:

J.L. Pickering's archives are one of the reasons why claims of never-before-seen NASA photos are almost always false. A private archivist with a collection of over 150,000 vintage prints and a reputation for uncovering rare spaceflight photography, Pickering has now consigned a small selection of perhaps the most iconic astronaut photos to Heritage Auctions. "Images of Apollo" opened for bids Tuesday (Sept. 7) and concludes Sept. 24.


August 27, 2021

/ 1:45 p.m. CT (1845 GMT)


Clothing label launch:

A new clothing label is redefining what it means to be "high end." The Space Collective is sending NASA logo-adorned labels to spend (at least) six months outside of the International Space Station in among a platform full of experiments. The cloth tags, once returned to Earth, will then be sewn to t-shirts and hoodies for purchase. Available for sale now, the limited edition tags (and a stash of flags) will come with flight documentation.


August 26, 2021

/ 12:00 a.m. CT (0500 GMT)


Space Pen enters Hall of Fame:

The only pen to be aboard every crewed NASA flight since Apollo 7 is being honored with entry into Space Foundation's Space Technology Hall of Fame. Founded by Paul C. Fisher in 1966, the Fisher Space Pen uses gas, rather than gravity, to keep its ink flowing. The Hall of Fame honors individuals and companies who have adapted technologies originally developed for use in outer space to enhance life on Earth.


August 19, 2021

/ 4:00 p.m. CT (2100 GMT)


Take the controls:

A Kickstarter campaign by a team of Hollywood artists is offering to produce museum-quality, full-scale replicas of the Apollo command module control panel featuring every switch, knob and indicator illuminated like the original. The replica was designed using NASA blueprints and 3D scans of the Apollo 11 spacecraft.


 
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